Considering the Modern Church

I’ve been reading Sean Tucker’s blog recently, in which he muses on the modern church, and especially on how the mainline churches have moved away from the Bible and toward their own idea of religion. So far I find myself agreeing with many of his observations. I feel blessed that I’ve found two churches (Emmanuel and New Covenant in my area that teach truth from the Bible (and challenge the members to live by that truth). But will people who are disillusioned like Sean turn toward a church affiliated with a small reformed denomination? Reading his posts have made me consider what I can do to reach out to people hungry for the truth of Christ.

Fantastic Contraption

I discovered a fun online game today (through the kisrael.com blog) that is about designing machines to move an object to the target zone. Looking at the forum, I’m amazed at the things people have “built” to solve the puzzles. You can see one of my solutions to a puzzle below.

Fantastic Contraption

I’m not an engineer so I build by trial and error, but it’s still fun to see the machines fail (often amusingly), and even better when it works.

fra-foa

Reading another blog, they mentioned going to a concert headlined by Chisako, the former singer of the Japanese band fra-foa. I have a passing interest in Japanese culture, mostly after visiting a few years ago, but I found this band quite interesting, They’re labeled as pop-rock, but it’s not what I’m used to in the USA. It is darker and the live concerts were full of raw emotion (now that I’ve read some more, I realize that was one of their trademarks).

Goon Tower

Stumbled across this collective effort to create the Goon Tower while I was reading at kisrael.com. Not being familiar with the creators, I found some of it to be obsecure, but the overall effect is pretty neat.

Goon Tower